Slowly, Champlain Recedes As Temperatures Heat Up

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(Host) Dry weather conditions have helped ease the flooding on Lake Champlain.

The big lake is slowly receding after reaching a record high of 103 feet last month, a level that closed roads and damaged lake front property.

National Weather Service forecaster Conor Lahiff says it’s still unclear when the lake will drop below flood stage. He says a big factor will be the amount of rainfall we receive this week, and relatively dry weather is in the forecast.

(Lahiff) So we’ll continue to see lake levels dropping through the week and probably pretty rapidly about a tenth of a foot a day is kind of what we’re on track for right now as long as we don’t receive any heavy rainfall.

(Host) At the Burlington gauge this morning, Lake Champlain measured 101.8 feet.

Yesterday, the lake dropped below 102 feet for the first time since April 28th. One-hundred and two feet was the previous record for lake depth, and Lahiff says it’s also the point where major roads flood.

(Lahiff) Once we get below 101 and a half then it’s more just like a few low lying roads, and certainly below 101 you’ve got a lot less roads being impacted.

(Host) The Vermont Agency of Transportation is still reporting a few state roads closed due to flooding.

The normal level of Lake Champlain for this time of year is closer to 97 feet.

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